Worker hit, killed on US-131 overpass in GR

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a contractor has died after being hit by a car in a construction area.

The lineman was hit and killed around 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Hall Street SW over US-131, Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. John Wittkowski confirmed to News 8.

Police on the scene said the worker had just finished setting up equipment in the construction zone when it happened. A news release from GRPD said a car tried to drive around a lane closure sign set up to divert traffic and hit the 60-year-old man as he was trying to get back into his work truck.

A photo of a fatal crash on Hall Street SW over US-131 in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 10, 2019)
A photo of a fatal crash on Hall Street SW over US-131 in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 10, 2019)

Police said the contractor’s injuries “were grievous” and he died at the scene.

Officers did not release the name of the worker, saying only that he was from outside the Grand Rapids area.

The driver remained at the scene after the crash and was “questioned extensively” by officers, according to GRPD.

Police say speed appears to be a factor in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has further information in the case is encouraged to to contact GRPD at 616.454.3400.

The crash closed Hall Street is between US-131 and Buchanan Avenue. The roadway reopened just before 4 p.m.

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